The ‘Big Lie’ a threat to our democracy
To the Editor:
I enjoyed reading Ron Robinson’s letter in the Aug. 18 edition regarding the Christian National political movement.
Anyone who has read or seen Hulu’s adaption of Margaret Atwood’s book “The Handmaid’s Tale” knows exactly what tyranny this can lead to. Fortunately, for now, they are on the fringe, but stay tuned.
Unfortunately there is another threat to our democracy much closer to home. This is the adoption, by Republicans, of the Big Lie: the belief that Donald Trump actually won the 2020 election but had it stolen from him by widespread electoral fraud. This is a serious charge and resulted in at least 63 lawsuits and several recounts, few were successful and none changed the results. Trump’s own attorney general as well as the directors of two intelligence agencies found the allegations to be baseless. This has not stopped Republicans from continuing to embrace the idea and various polls put the number of true believers at around 66 percent. Woe to the mid-term candidate who does not buy into the Big Lie. Just ask Liz Cheney.
I mentioned a threat to our democracy. Some of that played out in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol where Trump supporters tried to violently prevent certifying the election as required in the Constitution. Does anyone really believe that this would have occurred if Trump had not repeatedly claimed that he was the legitimate president? We have a Republic. Let’s hope we can keep it.
Come together to clean up our county
To the Editor:
It’s Cleaning up the Mountains time. The Jackson County Litter Task Force needs volunteers to help clean up trash along Jackson County roadsides Sept. 10-24.
Volunteers from local businesses, schools, non-profits, churches, municipalities, law enforcement, community groups and individuals play an important role in keeping Jackson County’s roadsides clean.
We need your help and participation to keep our beautiful county clean. Steps to participate:
1: Call 586-7509 and indicate which road(s) you or your group will be picking up litter on. You may also get trash bags and grabbers via this number.
2: Pick up your area leaving the orange DOT litter bags along the roadside.
3: Call 586-5709 and report the number of individuals who participated, how many bags you have for pickup and the road(s) they are located on.
Together we can keep our county clean and green.
Mike and Norma
The Claytons are members of the Jackson County Litter Task Force.